Mithraism was a secretive male-only mystery religion in Rome in 2nd & 3rd centuries CE based on Persian Zoroastrian beliefs and worship if Mithras, but probably did not strongly resemble the original. It appeared appeared in Rome in the early 2nd century CE and was related to the cult of Sol Invictus. Mithraism was repressed along with all the rest of the Pagan cults after Constantine's conversion in the 4th century CE. Their rituals involved involving meeting in caves or cave-like temples, communal meals, baptism-like initiatory ritual and an astrology based initiation through 7 levels. We have a limited understanding of the cult due to its secretive nature and the lack of written records. The cult was particularly popular among soldiers.

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The Mysteries of Mithras
The Roman Cult of Mithras

External Links on Mithraism
The Mysteries of Mithra on Sacred Texts

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